Dolomites - The Unesco natural heritage

Did you now the Rocky Mountains? or the Grand Canyon? - These are the amazing Dolomites!

Why do they have such a strange name and what makes them so special to be put in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Program?

The Dolomite Mountains, are part of the oriental Italian Alps and were born through the movement of the tectonic plates of the earth, several millions of years ago . They were under the sea level for a long time and nowadays, archeologists and scientists found fossils of dinosaurs and other extinguished animals in the Dolomitic rocks.  

The name "Dolomites" has its origins from the unique typology of rock named "Dolomite". This was discovered 1791 by the French scientist Deodat de Dolmieu. This rock is special due to its molecular composition, which makes it deteriorate differently from a common chalk rock, which you find in the rest of the Alps. This different way to deteriorate  has as result that the Dolomite Mountains own a very particular shape than chalk mountains.

While chalk mountains deteriorate in a “classic” conical shape, the Dolomites change their shapes, like the artists form their masterpieces seeking the perfection, so that every peak looks different and the same is valid for the morphology of the landscape, down in the valleys. T

hat is why this picturesque landscape attracts millions and millions of tourists every year. This is the reason why the UNESCO wants to save this unique natural heritage. This can be seen on the shapes of the slopes, the interesting hiking trails, the undulated walking paths, the spectacular sceneries etc. so that it results in more fun at every activity, as they are not performed in this amazing landscape.

The Dolomites were also the stage of WWI and WWII.You can still visit the scars left back from the conflicts, at the Marmolada glacier by the Fedaia Pass.

Our apartments, flats, villas & chalets in Val Gardena with the towns of Ortisei, Selva and Santa Cristina are set in the middle of this paradise!